Among various other culinary delicacies like chocolate or frites, Belgium has two different types of waffles for you to try that are traditional in this country. Many of the people who already made waffles using a waffle iron don’t know that Belgium is the country of origin for these culinary gems. There is a difference between Brussels style waffles and Liege style waffles, such as ingredients, texture, taste, appearance and baking. In Belgium, waffles are not served just for breakfast, but as desert and they are eaten even in mid-day. Their history begins in the Middle Ages, but they have entered the US only in the twentieth century. Let’s see what are the exact differences between Brussels waffles and Liege waffles:
Brussels waffles are now the common types of Belgian waffles seen in the United Sates and in many other countries. They came out of the country of origin for the first time in 1964, under the name of Bel-Gem Waffles. From this point in time, they started to become more and more popular outside of Belgium. A small difference exists today in the way Belgian waffles are baked for Americans: baking powder is used as replacement for yeast. These waffles have a rectangular shape, with well-defined edges. They are light and crispy and are often served with a bit of powdered sugar on top. Sometimes they can also have strawberries and whipped cream as topping. The original Brussels waffles are made of yeast-leavened batter and this is what gives them a special texture and taste. American variants tend to be doughy and heavy, as opposed to the light traditional waffles made in Belgium.
This type of Belgium waffles is the most commonly seen in its country of origin. Compared to Brussels waffles, Liege waffles are made with a thicker batter and don’t have even edges. Their consistency is more like the dough that is used for making bread. Pearl sugar is used in their making and this sugar caramelizes during the baking process. Liege waffles can be made with various types of toppings: whipped cream, strawberries, bananas and chocolate. They tend to be sweeter, stickier, denser and chewier than Brussels waffles. They are also less rectangular, their holes are not as deep and their edges are not as smooth.
People who have tasted both types of Belgian waffles think that both are absolutely delicious. These culinary specialties are a must try for anyone who has bought a waffle iron and wants to try to make them. For those who go to Belgium, these waffles can be found at any restaurant. You can also find them at cafes and street vendors. Check out our best waffle maker list and get one for yourself!